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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



Movin' On.

Wow. Talk about neglect, seriously. I am sorry I never finished telling you about our DC trip, and I’m sorry I disappeared. I think by the bottom of this post, you will understand the emotional trip I’ve been on for some time now…

I have dreamed and fantasized about writing this blog post for over a year. And now that it’s finally here, I can’t really wrap my head around it. Bear with me.

Life-changing announcement #1: Tuesday afternoon, I quit my job.

Yes, it is crazy, I know. I don’t ever blog about work because I don’t really know who reads this. But since I’m leaving, I’m willing to share a (small) bit. I have thought about leaving my job for a while now. I love the people I work with, and I love the children that my work helps, but this job was never meant to be my lifelong career. I have been here for five years – my first real job out of college – and would never have guessed I would be here as long as I have.

With Casey’s encouragement and support, I started to think about what would make me happy. What would I love to wake up and do every day. I’m only 28 – there is no reason for me to resign myself to an unhappy desk life. My life is still just beginning!

Okay, so I quit my job, now what?

Life-changing announcement #2: I’m going back to school.

When I stopped and surveyed the things that make me happy, things that keep me interested, and the things I want to know more about – it all kept coming back to one place. I love food, and specifically, I love nutrition. My hope is that someday I can do something to help other people realize how fun and fulfilling good food and a healthy lifestyle can be.

So I spent months and months looking at every program and option under the sun, and I found the one that (I think!) is perfect for me – Culinary Nutrition. That’s right folks, I’m going to cooking school! If I want to be able to show people how to eat healthy food that still tastes good, I need to know how to make it right?

I am getting my Culinary Arts degree at Johnson & Wales University, and hoping to continue after that through their Culinary Nutrition program. My program is called Garnish Your Degree (how clever!), and it’s a one year program specifically designed for people who already hold a Bachelor’s degree in another field – just like me!

Sooo, Johnson & Wales…where is that?

Life-changing announcement #3: I’m moving to Charlotte, North Carolina!

Goodbye snowy sidewalks, hello weekends at the beach! When Casey and I first started talking about moving, schools, etc. – we basically drew a line at Cincinnati and said we weren’t looking above it. I have always loved the south, and specifically the Carolinas. In my heart, I think I always knew I’d go back. There were a million pieces to this puzzle, that even I can’t believe all managed to fit together. But they did, and they do, and after months of research and planning, it’s really happening.

There are so many more details than I can possibly fit into this blog post, but I wanted to just get the basics out there, and let them rumble around for a few days until I’m ready to keep talking. Casey is going back to school too (!), we found an awesome house in Charlotte (!), and so much more, but I think this is all I have in me for today.

For those who know me well, you know that I am an intensely private person. It is very ironic that I share my life on a blog. But I can’t and don’t share everything, and I assume my readers respect and understand that. I have felt very strange keeping this big “secret” off of my blog for so long, but in all aspects of my life, I don’t like to share things until they are written in stone. For me, it’s either happening, or it’s not happening — and if it might happen, I am probably the only one who knows it.

Whew. There it is.

I almost threw up before I told my boss I was leaving. I have cried many tears to Casey, my mom, and Lindsey, about how hard it is to leave Cincinnati. I am scared I will miss being so close to my family, Casey’s family, and my friends. I am terrified of all of the unknowns.

But…

I am excited. And for the first time in a long time, I feel hopeful about my professional life. I am incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to do this – to start over – at age 28. I can’t wait to start this adventure with Casey, to learn a new city, to try something new, and to do it all together.

I know how it all must sound. First it was all about being engaged and planning a wedding. Then it was showers and parties and a whirlwind wedding weekend. Since then it’s been vacations and trips, and now moving and school? Who does this girl think she is?

That’s the problem. I’m not really sure. But I hope you’ll continue to join me as I figure it all out…

“I’m movin’ on
At last I can see life has been patiently waiting for me
And I know there’s no guarantees, but I’m not alone
There comes a time in everyone’s life
When all you can see are the years passing by
And I have made up my mind that those days are gone
I’m movin’ on…”

- Rascal Flatts

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Cathy     at 10:58 pm

I know this is an old post, but congratulations on following your dreams! It’s so encouraging to hear stories about people breaking out of monotony and finding their purpose.

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Holly @ Rust Belt Runner     at 9:33 pm

I just came over and read this. It helps me out a bit!

Still want to hear more about how you got into writing though and if your desk job was anything writing related.

Just food for thought :)

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Tasha     at 3:04 pm

I read all of your culinary school posts but going back and reading about your decision to actually go through with it is so helpful to me at this point in my life.

I’m so glad I decided to start reading from the beginning. :-)

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